Recently, my daughter and I made a 2,000+ mile road trip
from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Asheville, North Carolina to
visit an auntie who will soon be 85.
The direct, straight line route is I-40 door to door.
Part of I-40, especially through Oklahoma, is
known as "Tornado Alley".
When we left we knew there would be bad weather
following us - we did not know how bad it
As we approached Oklahoma City we saw the biggest cloud
either of us had ever seen on the horizon.
Here it is below.
View of the cloud from under it and up through the sunroof of the car
The blobs of cloud hung down like elongated cotton balls.
Needing fuel east of Oklahoma City we pulled into a Love's Gas station in Shawnee, Ok.
After getting gas we noticed a field of wild flowers so stopped to
take some photos and to stretch our legs.
As we were photographing we noticed some folks around the
gas pumps looking skyward and saying things like:
"which direction is it coming from"?
We decided that we had better get going because a storm was near.
Flower field along I-40 Shawnee, Oklahoma.
To make this long story longer - when we arrived at our motel in Van Buren,
Arkansas that evening we found that the place where we had gotten gas
had been severely hit by a tornado and I-40 was closed because of flying cars and overturned Big Rig trucks!
The following day a larger tornado destroyed Moore, Ok
Our guardian angel had been with us.